Single Idea 23411

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / D. Justice / 1. Basis of justice]

Full Idea

Communitarians believe either that community replaces the need for principles of justice, or that the community is either the source of such principles or should play a greater role in deciding their content.

Gist of Idea

Communitarians see justice as primarily a community matter, rather than a principle


Will Kymlicka (Community [1993], 'Intro')

Book Reference

'A Companion to Contemporary Political Phil', ed/tr. Goodin,R.E/Pettit,Philip [Blackwell 1995], p.367

A Reaction

[compressed] The idea that a racist or chauvinist or puritanical or insular community should decide justice for all its members sounds horrible. It drives you to liberal individualism, just thinking about it.